Get Up and Run? Or Stay in Bed

Monday, August 19, 2013

I am a fan of Runner's World on FB and they frequently link to blogs done by guy named Mark Remy. Most of the time, his blogs are tongue in cheek, just good for a giggle, but today's wasn't. It went along with something I went through so well, that I feel compelled to write my own blog about it. You see, he was scheduled to do an early morning run but the baby had gotten up 4 times in the night. The blog goes on to show what happened to "Real World" Mark (the one who got up and ran) and Parallel Universe Mark (the one who rolled over and went back to sleep).

Here's my story:
At 5:15, my running buddy texted me: Have fun with ur run today. C u in car rider line. (Her son goes to the same school DS does). Yeah, it was raining and she bailed on me. Lol. Fortunately, she had already told me that she probably would if it was ever raining in the morning so I went to bed last night assuming I'd be by myself.

When I looked at the weather forecast yesterday and saw that the rain chance had gone from 50% to 90% for the time between 5 and 6 AM, I groaned out loud. My husband suggested that perhaps I should just run on the dreadmill at the gym after I finished teaching Group X (think Les Mills Body Pump) but I resisted, saying that I didn't really want to get out of the habit of getting up early and I was afraid that missing one time would turn into more. He just shook his head and looked at me like I was crazy. Lol.

When the alarm went off at 5:10 and I heard the rain coming down, all I wanted to do was turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. However, I got up, shuffled around getting dressed and stumbled out the door. When I first started, it wasn't so bad, but oh boy did the heavens open up! I also ran straight through a puddle that was about 3-4 inches deep with about a half mile left to go. Ugh. Soggy feet.

Okay, so yay, I got it done. However, that's not the reason for my blog. When I got home from my run, I found that a friend and fellow instructor needed some help with cueing on a program that she's trying to become certified to teach (I'm already certified in it). I talked with her and she really wanted to go over it together. The only time our schedules worked this week was today after my class. So that was when we met. She "taught" me the parts she was having trouble with (effectively making that my THIRD workout of the day, OUCH!) and we figured out a way to make it a little easier for her.

The point of all this is, I am so very glad I didn't phone it in this morning. It would've been so easy to do it. I had every excuse--the weather, my running buddy, being sick over the weekend, the fact that I was going to get a workout by teaching Group X...but I didn't! I have developed a running habit and I am loathe to give it up! And if I *HAD* slept in this morning, all of the other events of the day would've prevented me getting that run in that I was scheduled to do.


Here's a link to the blog, if you'd like to read it (be aware that he uses the *s* word in it a couple of times):
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    It sure is hard to get out of bed and go when it's yucky outside...although if it has been super hot, I don't mind running in the rain. If it's cold and rainy, I head to the gym to run on their indoor track but I try to do that as little as possible because it gets boring fast.
    2897 days ago
    good for you! And what a lesson for us all!
    2898 days ago
    What a tremendous example you are. Thanks for sharing a very real story. We all experience these excuses and that fear of skipping once leading to more skips is so real too.

    Keep on running, Jeni.

    2902 days ago
  • JMOUSE99
    emoticon Good for you!

    I actually enjoy running in the rain (but it's less fun in the winter of course). I usually mange to avoid the puddles though.
    2902 days ago
  • BEFIT021
    Good for you! It is hard to get out in the rain...
    2906 days ago
    Getting out of bed when it is raining is a roughy toughy for me....much less at go OUT in it, no less!
    THAT is the stuff Warriors are made of!!
    I am very proud of you!!
    2906 days ago
  • FITAT50
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    2906 days ago
    good on you Miss Jeni. DEDICATION!!
    2906 days ago
    I find that to be so true. Especially on th edays when I just want to pack it in and blow off my run. If I don't want to do it, I tell me "Just 10 minutes." Only once was it just 10 minutes. Every other time, I finish what I was supposed to do. A couple of times even a little more.

    And I never regret it. (Ok, once when I came home with hypothermia, but tht qualifies as an avoidable injury I think.)
    2906 days ago
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    Great job on pushing ahead anyway! I was in a car accident a couple months ago and my hips have been bothering me the last couple days but I still workout anyway! We can't let all the other things slow us down.
    2906 days ago
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